The office of Academic Enrichment includes creation of organizational structures designed to promote interdisciplinary integration, cross-divisional collaboration, and a heightened sense of campus community that is built on the joint pursuit of a common cause: increasing student success. We are diligently seeking for more opportunities to provide support to students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. The office of Academic Enrichment is grounded in integrating structured partnerships between Academic and Student affairs, strengthening communication and collaboration with local high schools, community colleges and community-based organizations, to create an empowering environment that enables students to engage in community-based experiential learning, such as service-learning and internship experience. We strongly believe that students need to achieve self-awareness of their potential and recognize their responsibility to work to achieve it. Student success is measured by student persistence and completion of their academic goals in higher education as well as in their ability to successfully integrate into their career and community. We have found that students who succeed in completing higher education are engaged academically, culturally, and socially in their learning experiences.
The Office of Academic Enrichment is committed to preparing K-12 students through the AVID program, and exposure to higher education possibilities that will aide students to develop a culture of college readiness, by acting as a transitioning resource from high school to higher education through the delivery of a student-centered support system.
We provide a student-centered support system that goes beyond basic academic skill-building to address the student as a "whole person". The office of Academic Enrichment is devoted to increasing student self-confidence, self-efficacy, and self-motivation through mastery of moderately challenging tasks that balance academic rigor with academic and psychosocial support, i.e., curricular and co-curricular support provided by trained student-centered instructors, peer tutors/mentors, academic advisors, and personal counselors. We've discovered that students develop a sense of life purpose, personal identity, and educational direction through a personalized system of academic advising that includes long-range educational planning, exploration of college majors and potential career paths, and networking with career mentors.
AVID at Texas Tech
When was AVID initiated at TTU?
The AVID for Higher Education (AHE) program began in the Fall of 2012. The planning and pilot began the 2011-2012 year and a selected TTU leadership team attended the AVID Summer Institute in Dallas that year to launch AHE at TTU.
Who initiated AVID at TTU?
Dr. F. Valle and Dr. M. Kiser completed a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board state grant for the program with the support of The Office of the Senior VP and Provost, Dr. J. Muñoz.
How was AVID initiated?
It was initiated through the 30 year documented success of AVID in K-12 schools across the country. The newly formed AVID for Higher Education division by AVID national office sought funding and partnership with colleges and universities across the U.S. Texas Tech was successfully grant funded to participate in the implementation of AHE in the second wave of funding by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The first year Dr. Michelle Kiser coordinated tutoring for AVID for HE students and the Learning Center in Holden Hall supported AHE academically. Four TTU Faculty and Staff, Dr. Charles Crews-Counseling, Dr. Narissra Punyanunt-Carter- Media Communications, Dr. F. Valle- Educational leadership and John Rivera-Asst. Academic Dean in Engineering, began as the first instructors to launch and teach the IS 1102 AVID for HE course.
Why was AVID initiated?
The AHE was created to enrich and support the college success of first year and transfer students through high engagement strategies, active participation in university support services and the AVID for Higher Education system. The current IS 1102 AVID for College Success course was created as the official AHE course to serve and enrich students as they encountered new academic rigor at TTU. Currently, AVID for HE at TTU has a strong working partnership with AVID in Lubbock ISD with Dr. Beverly Finch. The number of AVID high schools keeps growing and resources, trainings, and celebrations are shared in an effort to strengthen the AVID P-20 pipeline.
Current total student enrollment.
The IS 1102 AVID for College Success sections are available every Fall and Spring to first year and transfer students. To date over 320 students have enrolled in the IS 1102 course at TTU and both academic coaches and tutors in the Learning Center have been trained to utilize AVID high engagement strategies. Currently the program is undergoing a transition of leadership and sustainability and will continue to grow under Kasaundra M. Garcia, Unit Coordinator of Academic Enrichment/AVID Texas Tech University Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement.